A Gender-Specific Set of Challenges
Why Attending a Women’s Program is Encouraged
Many women who are in addiction recovery face a unique set of challenges. For example, it is not uncommon for women who suffer from a substance abuse disorder to simultaneously suffer from unresolved trauma. The National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that there are several distinctive issues that women face that can lead to the development of substance abuse.
“Scientists who study substance use have discovered that women who use drugs can have issues related to hormones, menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause,” the article reads. “In addition, women themselves describe unique reasons for using drugs, including controlling weight, fighting exhaustion, coping with pain, and attempts to self-treat mental health problems.”
NIDA also suggests that roughly 19.5 million women have abused an illicit drug at least once over the course of the past year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that excessive alcohol consumption rates are also high among women. According to the CDC, roughly 13 percent of women reported binge drinking at least once over the course of the past month in 2019; 18 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 44 engage in binge drinking regularly; and binge drinking is much more common among female high school students than male high school students.